A one-of-a-kind, interactive, family experience that features the arts of music, dance and theater is being offered in Oro Valley this Saturday, Jan. 9.

"Musical Magic for Kids," a long-running family performance series from the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, presents its next installment at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Oro Valley Music and Dance Academy, 7954 N. Oracle Road.

Admission is free.

Saturday's event, led by Claire Hancock, invites participants to move to the music of St. Saen's "Carnival of the Animals." Children can learn to float like swans, swim like fish, leap like horses and flutter like the birds. "The 'carnival' will come to life through movement," a release said.

SAACA produces the Musical Magic for Kids series with support from the Town of Oro Valley. Two more events are scheduled for 2010:

Feb. 13 – "The International Adventures of Aunt Rhody and Uncle Bob"

This event features the string trio of Catherine Simmons, Jose Reyes and Garrick Woods. Join Aunt Rhody and Uncle Bob on a global tour, encountering music from Mexico, Brazil, Egypt, China, Scotland, Vienna, the North Pole and a Texas ranch. Young travelers can dress in the costume of their favorite location and play along on simple rhythm instruments.

April 3 – "Moving Body in Rhythm"

The morning session features percussion and dance by Claire Hancock and Drew Andreatta. Djembes, congas, bells, shakers and more will make you "move it, move it." "Through world rhythms, discover the dynamic relationship of dance and percussion," the release said.

All events take place at the Oro Valley Music and Dance Academy, next to Trader Joe's, at 10:30 a.m. and are free to attend. For more information, call SAACA at 797-3959, or go online to www.saaca.org.

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